• Google Home
  • Google Home
  • Google Home
  • Google Home

The Google Home is fun, functional, and should only get better with time.

- Jenny McGrath, Digital Trends 

Specs / Features


Supported Audio Formats: HE-AAC, LC-AAC+, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), FLAC with support for high-resolution streams | Wireless: 802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz) Wi-Fi | Speaker: High excursion speaker with 2” driver + dual 2” passive radiators, Far-field voice recognition supports hands-free use | Power: Required 16.5V, 2A included | Ports & Connectors: DC power jack | Supported Operating Systems: Android 4.1 and higher, iOS 8.0 and higher

Supported Audio Formats: HE-AAC, LC-AAC+, MP3, Vorbis, WAV (LPCM), FLAC with support for high-resolution streams | Wireless: 802.11b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5Ghz) Wi-Fi | Speaker: High excursion speaker with 2” driver + dual 2” passive radiators, Far-field voice recognition supports hands-free use | Power: Required 16.5V, 2A included | Ports & Connectors: DC power jack | Supported Operating Systems: Android 4.1 and higher, iOS 8.0 and higher

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Specification

Brand Google
Release date 4-November-2016
Weight 477 grams
(16.84 ounces)

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Useful voice actions
  • Multiple user profiles
  • Multi-room pairing features
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support
  • Simple, attractive design
  • Customizable bases

What's bad

  • Microphones can have trouble in noisy environments
  • Profile matching has issues with female voices
  • Limited playback options on Google Music without a subscription

Hoping to cut into Amazon’s hold on the smart speaker market, the Google Home is the full-sized option in Google’s lineup.

At 142.8mm (5.6 inches) tall and weighing 477g (1.1lbs), it’s small enough to sit on a shelf, countertop, or desk without getting in the way. You can’t take it on the go since it requires a power adapter. But the smaller size would make it more than workable for tossing in your luggage if you knew you’d have Wi-Fi and an outlet at your destination.

If you’re looking to personalize your speaker, Google offers interchangeable bases to help match it to your decor. The top of the speaker is sloped and include lights in the Google branding colors that appear when you tap the top.

Inside the speaker, you’ll find a 2-inch driver, twin 2-inch passive radiators, and twin far-field microphones.

Reviewers noted that while the sound quality was balanced and generally pleasing, it wasn’t super loud. If they had to decide based on audio quality alone, most preferred the Amazon Echo instead. Fortunately, you can pair multiple Google Home speakers or pair your Home with additional Bluetooth speakers for multi-room audio or additional oomph.

Thanks to software updates, you can connect an audio source to the Home using Bluetooth or stream audio over Wi-Fi when looking to enjoy your favorite tunes. It also supports any app that allows casting as if it were a Google Chromecast.

If you’re looking to use the smart features on the speaker, you say “Okay Google”, “Hey Google”, or tap the top. Google Assistant chimes in and you speak a command. You can perform a range of tasks -- from checking your calendar or hearing the latest news headlines to performing math problems and playing games -- all with your voice.

For tasks that don’t have native actions, the Google Home integrates with IFTTT to provide further flexibility. Reviewers also noted that compared to the Echo and Alexa, Google Home has fewer commands. But they also felt that more of Google’s commands were useful and that search results and similar questions were more accurate and relevant.

One unique feature of the Home is the ability to sync with multiple Google accounts -- complete with automatically assigning accounts to proper voices. Reviewers found the feature worked well for male voices. However, the speaker sometimes confused similar female voices.

The Home can also place calls using your Google contacts. Simply trigger the speaker and tell it who you want to call.

Overall, reviews for the Google Home are positive. Mobile Syrup said, “Home could easily replace my Echo and probably will given how it matches the functionality Amazon's [smart speaker] is capable of but also features Google Assistant.” Tech Advisor UK called the speaker “the best all-around smart speaker you can get.”

Critic Reviews


The Wirecutter

Good for synchronizing music

from The Wirecutter

Though great for starting an inexpensive multiroom audio system and more able to interface with some Google products, the Google Home is still catching up with the Echo.

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Though great for starting an inexpensive multiroom audio system and more able to interface with some Google products, the Google Home is still catching up with the Echo.

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TechPP

Not perfect, but perfectly Honor-able

from TechPP

A lot of unusual style with a fair bit of usual substance – that’s the Honor 10 in a nutshell. Performance freaks might frown at the 2017 processor and the absence of OIS in the cameras, but many others will be too busy marveling at how easily it fits most palms and playing around with the numerous camera options.

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A lot of unusual style with a fair bit of usual substance – that’s the Honor 10 in a nutshell. Performance freaks might frown at the 2017 processor and the absence of OIS in the cameras, but many others will be too busy marveling at how easily it fits most palms and playing around with the numerous camera options.

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Fone Arena

A glimpse into the future

from Fone Arena

It’s a simple central control system to build your smart home ecosystem around. And where the Google Home really excels is the integration with the Google ecosystem. Between maps, voice match and your calendar, there’s no limit to how deep this relationship can extend.

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It’s a simple central control system to build your smart home ecosystem around. And where the Google Home really excels is the integration with the Google ecosystem. Between maps, voice match and your calendar, there’s no limit to how deep this relationship can extend.

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The Mobile Indian

Sound Quality is not that great

from The Mobile Indian

It does some good tricks, but at the end of the day, you will spend most of your time listening to music. And for that there are already some top-of-the-line Bluetooth speakers available that provides some terrific sound quality at the similar price point.

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It does some good tricks, but at the end of the day, you will spend most of your time listening to music. And for that there are already some top-of-the-line Bluetooth speakers available that provides some terrific sound quality at the similar price point.

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NDTV

Has a lot of potential waiting to be tapped

from NDTV

the Google Home is a great futuristic alternative to a vanilla Bluetooth speaker that could make your life a little more convenient - at the expense of sound quality. While most of the Google Home functions can be achieved by the Google Assistant on a smartphone, a large part of the appeal of the...More

the Google Home is a great futuristic alternative to a vanilla Bluetooth speaker that could make your life a little more convenient - at the expense of sound quality. While most of the Google Home functions can be achieved by the Google Assistant on a smartphone, a large part of the appeal of the Google Home lies in the fact that it lacks a screen.

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Gadgets Now

Smartness has a new name

from Gadgets Now

It’s a cleverly priced device as it does a lot for that price. But that “lot” also involves spending a considerable amount of money. It is perfectly capable and able smart speaker. Perhaps a tad better than Amazon Echo but that’s down to two facts: a) Google already knows a lot about you; and b) Google knows more than anyone else!

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It’s a cleverly priced device as it does a lot for that price. But that “lot” also involves spending a considerable amount of money. It is perfectly capable and able smart speaker. Perhaps a tad better than Amazon Echo but that’s down to two facts: a) Google already knows a lot about you; and b) Google knows more than anyone else!

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The Indian Express

Compact enough to become part of any decor

from The Indian Express

Should you buy Google Home? Yes, if you a fan of the Google ecosystem. If not, Amazon devices seem to have a bit of an edge on Google at the moment, given the sheer number of things Alexa can help with. But I guess it is just a matter of time before Google Home catches up. Google Home is certain...More

Should you buy Google Home? Yes, if you a fan of the Google ecosystem. If not, Amazon devices seem to have a bit of an edge on Google at the moment, given the sheer number of things Alexa can help with. But I guess it is just a matter of time before Google Home catches up. Google Home is certainly a smart speaker, and we are sure it will get smarter.

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Deccan Chronicle

Pretty clear and loud audio

from Deccan Chronicle

If you are looking for a voice-based assistant that can cater to simple to complex needs for your home or office and also for your family, the Google Home is presently the best out there.

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If you are looking for a voice-based assistant that can cater to simple to complex needs for your home or office and also for your family, the Google Home is presently the best out there.

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BGR

Showing you what connected speakers can do

from BGR

Google’s rival for the Amazon Echo is definitely a worthy contender and could even outdo the competition in some cases. We have to give it to Google for designing a device that just blends in to your home.

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Google’s rival for the Amazon Echo is definitely a worthy contender and could even outdo the competition in some cases. We have to give it to Google for designing a device that just blends in to your home.

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The Wirecutter

For smart homes, smart verbal search queries, smart Chromecasting, and more

from The Wirecutter

This is a great choice for anyone looking for an inexpensive multiroom audio system, or a way to use their Google accounts to make a voice-controlled smart home even smarter.

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This is a great choice for anyone looking for an inexpensive multiroom audio system, or a way to use their Google accounts to make a voice-controlled smart home even smarter.

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